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Introduction : towards an ethnography of meeting.

Brown, H. and Reed, A. and Yarrow, T. (2017) 'Introduction : towards an ethnography of meeting.', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute., 23 (S1). pp. 10-26.


This introductory essay describes a novel approach to meetings in relation to broader literatures within and beyond anthropology. We suggest that notwithstanding many accounts in which meetings figure, little attention has been given to the mundane forms through which these work. Seeking to develop a distinctively ethnographic focus to these quotidian and ubiquitous procedures, we outline an approach that moves attention beyond a narrow concern with just their meaning and content. We highlight some of the innovative strands that develop from this approach, describing how the negotiation of relationships ‘within’ meetings is germane to the organization of ‘external’ contexts, including in relation to time, space, organizational structure, and society. The essay offers a set of provocations for rethinking approaches to bureaucracy, organizational process, and ethos through the ethnographic lens of meeting.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Brown, H., Reed, A. & Yarrow, T. (2017). Introduction: towards an ethnography of meeting. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23(S1): 10-26, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:20 December 2016
Date deposited:10 March 2017
Date of first online publication:16 March 2017
Date first made open access:16 March 2019

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